Eradicate Anemia to Build Healthy Generations
Health is not only an individual issue, but also a community issue. Poor health reduces the physical and cognitive capacities of an individual. When people identify health problems, their health seeking process is influenced by availability, accessibility, affordability, adequacy, and acceptability of health infrastructure.
Women and children are more vulnerable due to poor nutrition, lack of sanitation, poor hygiene awareness, and lack of access to quality healthcare. Of all stages, the reproductive years are the most vulnerable in a woman’s life, and this vulnerability is heightened by malnourishment.
Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency in the world, and probably the most important micronutrient deficiency in India, where 69.5 percent of children in the age group of six to 59 months are suffering from anemia of which 63 percent are in the urban areas and 71.5 percent in the rural areas.
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. Most of the anemic patients, especially women, suffer from mild to severe deficiency of iron. The hemoglobin count in most of the adolescent girls in India is less than the standard 12 g/decilitre, the standard accepted worldwide.
About half of all pregnant women experience iron deficiency anemia during their pregnancies, and at least one out of five girls and women experience the condition at some point during their reproductive years. Illiteracy, poverty and general economic and social development have a bearing on the incidence of anemia among the people.
The Kalanjiam Federations seek your support to enable the poor women, adolescent girls and children diagnosed as mild, moderate and severely anemic to escape from it.